Best 30 24 Hour Animal Hospital in Pickens, South Carolina with Reviews -

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By: Toni H.
Pickens Animal Hospital
I was a first time visitor to this clinic, having just recently moved up here from down Chas.-way. I can tell you first hand that vets are MUCH less expensive "up here"! Unlike the person below, I have no complaints. It had a clean, pleasant waiting room, the staff was very congenial and most importantly APPROACHABLE!...I could tell they were ALL animal lovers. There's no way to fake that. As to a few young staff.. well, they have to learn the ropes SOMEWHERE! I didn't get the feeling that they weren't at least very well supervised in that endeavor by a senior, more experienced staff member. As to cost, well, it helps if the "pet-parent' is informed enough to know what is needed for their individual pet vs. what can wait, what may be dispensed with entirely, etc. A vet can only recommend based on his general knowledge of the animal/situation it lives in. It makes no sense to blame him for the cost of tests he may think necessary if you're not smart enough to know if it applies to you and your individual pet's lifestyle, your financial situation,etc. and otherwise inform him of what may or may not be relevant in your case. If you need to, ask up front the cost BEFORE treatment and/or what other options may be available!for example: is a heart worm test really necessary for a 15 year-old collie with no symptoms???Or can one stretch out the test to every other year if one has been very DILIGENT regarding heart worm meds?? Also, when is "passive heart worm treatment" for an otherwise healthy and young animal a better option than the more intensive traditional treatment? And hey, some pet meds can be filled GENERICALLY at a human pharmacy if cost is an issue. The owner just has to use a bit of common sense and educate themselves!! And by the way, animal lovers or NOT, veterinary clinics ARE a business!! These people paid a LOT for their education (and probably STILL are paying!) and have a right to eat and pay their bills, too!! SOOO cut 'em a little slack, already!
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By: Cerrie N.
Pickens Animal Hospital
I have been taking our pets to PAH for over 17 years. Those the younger staff members come and go, but the overall quality of this vet has never diminished. Most recently, I have seen Dr Burton and Dr Bennett and the level of care and professionalism is unparalleled. They have nursed our middle aged Jack Russell through an tear in the eye and bladder stones- just in the last year!I will admit they have higher prices than most and the up front staff has been short and testy at times but the Vet staff is terrific. Even with the price issues, they have let me always know up front the cost of medicine there and that it may be a little cheaper elsewhere.Both Vets (and techs!) are very informative and will answer every question to our satisfaction.The most amazing experience we have had is about 6 years ago when we had to have our 14 year old boxer mix put down due to brain tumors. The staff was so caring and understanding! We had her cremated and within a few days received the kindest condolence card with all the staff signing sympathy remarks. It made us know that our pet was loved and will be missed. I highly recommend Pickens Animal Hospital for their excellent care...but get the pet meds elsewhere.
Tips & Advices
Most 24-hour clinics do not allow owners to stay with their pets overnight. However, many do have specific visiting hours or will let owners see their pets at any point during the day. In addition, owners can call most clinics at any time for an update on their pet's well being.
  • Important phone numbers, especially those of the the veterinary clinic, the animal hospital or emergency clinic, and the poison control center
  • A book detailing pet first-aid steps
  • Copy of medical records
  • Nylon leash
  • Muzzle (only use if pet is not vomiting and has no difficulty breathing)
  • Absorbent gauze
  • Nonlatex disposable gloves
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Nail clippers
  • Digital thermometer
  • Sterile saline solution
  • Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting only at the recommendation of a veterinarian
  • Milk of magnesia (to absorb poison only at the recommendation of a veterinarian)
Find a 24-hour animal hospital that provides emergency services within your area. Keep the facility's contact information in a place that's easy to locate, such as the refrigerator, address book, or smartphone. Most veterinary clinics operate on standard business hours and are not equipped to handle emergencies.
Veterinary clinics operate on a smaller scale than animal hospitals. The latter are more likely open 24 hours and provide emergency services. The former generally operate on typical office hours and only perform wellness exams and minor surgeries. Veterinary clinics also do not generally perform laboratory tests on site.
The specifics vary depending on the type of visit. For a wellness exam, bring:
  • Medical records
  • The type or brand of food the pet eats
  • Medication (including flea, tick, and heartworm medication).
If the animal needs medical treatment, the following may be helpful depending on the situation:
  • Fresh stool sample
  • Vomit sample
  • Video of the pet engaging in abnormal behavior
  • Substance the pet may have ingested

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